Three of the five men suspected in carrying out a fatal home invasion in Huger early Thursday morning are in custody.
Jacob Malachi Mouzon, 18, of Bonneau and Drake Edward Campbell, 19, of St. Stephen were apprehended Friday, said Maj. David Brabham of the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office. The two are expected to appear in court for a bond hearing Saturday.
Kenneth Campbell Jr., 26, of St. Stephen was taken into custody Thursday afternoon in a wooded area near Eccles Church and Steed Creek roads.
They have been charged with murder, armed robbery and first-degree burglary, Brabham said. Any additional charges depend on what detectives uncover in their investigation.
The remaining two suspects, who have not yet been named by authorities, were still at large as of Friday night. Multiple agencies are searching the Francis Marion National Forest east of S.C. Highway 41 for the suspects, who have been described only as a white man and a black man.
Investigators are still looking into whether the remaining suspects have fled the area or remain within the perimeter, Brabham said.
According to the Sheriff’s Office, five men forced their way into a mobile home at 135 Martha Lane around 2:30 a.m. Thursday and shot the man and woman inside. Sheriff Duane Lewis said the home invasion was not random, but the motive remains under investigation.
Kadeem Johnson, 27, who lived there, died at the scene. The woman was taken to Medical University with gunshot wounds. She was able to call 911 for help and is expected to survive.
The men fled in a white 2004 Ford Crown Victoria and gray 2007 Crown Victoria that were stolen from the victim. The car was stopped about 5 miles away on S.C. Highway 402 near Copperhead Road and the occupants fled into the woods. The gray car was found later.
Lewis said the men split up at a certain point, but deputies were alerted to the three in the woods after they stopped a passing motorist and asked to use a phone. They made up a story about fighting with their family members, but the motorist drove off and called 911, having heard previously about the homicide.
This was the second homicide of the year for the Sheriff’s Office and 39th for the tri-county area. Anyone with information about the suspects or the homicide is asked to call 911 or Crime Stoppers at 843-554-1111.
Gregory Yee contributed to this report. Reach Dave Munday at 843-937-5553.